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NFB and RLA join forces to improve rental standards

Buy-to-let landlords will hopefully have better access to reputable builders when developing and maintaining homes across England and Wales, following a new collaboration between the National Federation of Builders (NFB) and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

The new partnership has been formed to help make it easier for landlords to secure builders with the appropriate qualifications, accreditations and experience to complete projects to the required standards and regulations, such as the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), using the NFB’s Building Works Hub.

Andrew Goodacre, chief executive of the RLA, commented: “Choosing the right builder for the right job can be a real headache for landlords.

“Through this new partnership we can ease some of that strain by putting our members in contact with builders local to them who have a proven track record delivering high quality work and have been independently vetted by the NFB.”

Having access to builders that are approved by the NFB enables landlords to make the necessary changes and avoid increased costs so often associated with poor workmanship when trade association endorsement does not exist.

Only builders who meet strict criteria will be approved and recommended via the NFB building works hub.

Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “NFB members are professional builders and contractors, dedicated to providing quality services with care and consideration.

“We’re very proud of the high standards that our members achieve and are pleased to offer members of the Residential Landlords Association a top notch service and the confidence that this partnership inspires.”

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